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Aims and Scope

Our primary aim at Police Practice & Research is to present current and innovative police research with a focus on informing policing policy, programs and/or practice around the globe. We welcome qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodological studies from academic researchers and police practitioners alike, and strongly encourage research submissions from practitioner-academic partnerships. We also welcome rigorous systematic reviews of police strategies, technologies, and innovations that have implications for police policy and practice.

From September 1, 2021, we will require manuscripts to meet 3 key criteria we see as supporting our objectives:

* a clear statement of the policy, practice and/or program implications of the research presented - this content should be included in both the abstract and discussion sections of a paper.

* consideration for the global scope of our audience - we not only welcome papers from around the globe, but particularly those that can tie local or regional issues to the larger world.

* evidence of a rigorous methodological approach - all papers should be transparent in the methods used, from data collection to analysis. Ideally, we hope papers published in PPR can be replicated or reproduced based on the methods used.

PPR ensures that all articles and rapid communications published in the journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial screening by the editor and, if found suitable for further consideration, double-blind peer review by independent, expert referees. Book reviews are subject to review by the editorial team but are not independently peer reviewed. 

Hot off the press

Here you can find links to articles in our upcoming or latest issue

The role of police in conducting wellness checks

Our results reveal a series of patterns regarding the characteristics and outcomes of these events, including by ‘official’ versus ‘unofficial’ status.

Crime and place: differences in spatial relationship between calls for service & recorded incidents ...

Findings from this study show there is a modest amount of detectable clustering of CFS for the municipal law enforcement agency.

A robbery is a robbery is a robbery? Exploring crime specificity in official police incident data

While an improvement, NIBRS data are unlikely to increase the crime specificity police crime data users need.

Police analysts on the job in Canada


Our findings suggest that analysts are underutilized and spend much of their time reporting descriptive statistics rather than performing more sophisticated analyses.

Using NIBRS data to assess agency differences in clearance rates

This study uses sexual assault clearance rates to demonstrate a method of cross-jurisdiction comparison, which can be used to improve agency practices.

Using police data to measure criminogenic exposure in residential & school contexts

In this academic-practitioner partnership, data from a four-wave longitudinal study of more than 3800 students were linked to spatially aggregated data from the police crime statistics for the years 2013–2016.

Our authors


Dallas Hill is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in the Criminology and Social Justice program at Ontario Tech University. Her research interests include policing, emerging technologies, and organizational decision-making


Dallas Hill

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Highlights from recent papers

Comparing measurements of violent crime in local communities: a case study in Islington, London

David Buil-Gil, Ian Brunton-Smith, Jose Pina-Sánchez & Alexandru Cernat (2022)
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